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Palliative Care

Understanding the Discordance About Prognosis Between Clinicians and Terminally Ill Patients and Their Surrogates

Research shows that about half of adults near the end of life in the United States are too ill to participate in decisions about whether to accept life-prolonging treatment,1 requiring...

Global Cancer Care

How ASCO’s Regional Councils Are Having an International Impact on Patients With Cancer

In September 2023, ASCO announced the establishment of its fourth regional council, the Central and Eastern European Regional Council, which includes representatives...

Multiple Myeloma

Understanding Risk Stratification in Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance

About 4 years ago, I [Jo Cavallo] wrote about the death of my brother Dom from multiple myeloma in 2011 and my subsequent enrollment in the PROMISE trial...


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Issues in Oncology
Lung Cancer

Sotorasib, the Poster Child for Project Optimus: Truths and Fantasies

In January 2021, two of us wrote in these pages about our field’s pressing need to pivot away from identifying and deploying the maximum tolerated dose (MTD)...

Lung Cancer

First-Line Radioligand-Based Therapy Demonstrates Benefit in Some Neuroendocrine Tumors

Adding the radioligand lutetium-177 dotatate (Lu-177 dotatate) to standard therapy almost tripled the median progression-free survival in patients with untreated, high-grade...

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Kidney Cancer

Robert J. Motzer, MD, on RCC: Quality of Life for Patients Treated With Lenvatinib-Based Therapy vs Sunitinib

Issues in Oncology
COVID-19

Organizations Issue Statement Encouraging Return to HPV Vaccination

Doctors and scientists across America at National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers and other organizations recently issued a joint statement urging the nation’s health-care systems, physicians, parents, children, and young adults to get human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination back on ...

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Impact of Genes on Total Number and Type of Nevi

A study by Duffy et al in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported on specific gene variations affecting the number and types of moles on the body and their role in causing skin cancer.  “The goal was to investigate the genetic underpinnings of different mole classes, or...

Breast Cancer

Linda T. Vahdat, MD, MBA, on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment

Gynecologic Cancers
Pancreatic Cancer

Electronic Olfaction System Under Study as Screening Tool for Pancreatic and Ovarian Cancers

An odor-based test that detects vapors emanating from blood samples was able to distinguish between benign and pancreatic and ovarian cancer cells with up to 95% accuracy, according to a new study presented by Johnson et al during the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract 5544). The findings suggest...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Adjuvant Pembrolizumab Extends Disease-Free Survival in High-Risk Renal Cell Carcinoma

Immunotherapy following surgery significantly improved disease-free survival compared to placebo among patients with high-risk clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC), according to results from the international phase III KEYNOTE-564 study presented at the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting by Toni K....

Gemcitabine/Eribulin in Cisplatin-Ineligible Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

In the final analysis from a phase II California Cancer Consortium trial (NCI-9653) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sadeghi et al found the combination of gemcitabine and eribulin showed activity in cisplatin-ineligible patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma. Study Details...

Hepatobiliary Cancer
Immunotherapy

Richard S. Finn, MD, on Treating Hepatocellular Carcinoma With Atezolizumab, Bevacizumab, and Sorafenib

Issues in Oncology

New Web-Based Lesion Selection Tool May Improve Coordination, Performance, and Management of Biopsy Specimens

In a single-institution study reported in the Journal of Immunotherapy and Precision Oncology, Xu et al found that the use of a Web-based lesion selection tool (LST) developed by the research team improved consistency in lesion selection for sequential biopsy. In addition, the tool improved the...

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Deintensified Chemoradiotherapy for HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

In a phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chera et al found that deintensified chemoradiotherapy produced favorable outcomes in human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Study Details In the multicenter trial, 114 patients were recruited...

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